10 Countries with the Highest Cancer Rates in the World in 2020

Cancer is one of the most threatening disease in the world, so we thought to publish a compilation of the 10 countries with the highest cancer rates in the world in 2020. Insider Monkey’s article gives us a general view over this terrible illness. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2015 more than 8 million people died of cancer around the world. Not surprisingly 70% of these deaths happened in low and middle-income nations. Why so I say it’s not surprising? Because in these countries people don’t have the access for proper medical treatment, they are lack of good quality food, water supply.

I was pretty shocked when I found my home country in this list, what’s more it got very high ranking. Nevertheless, fortunately cancer hasn’t occurred in my family yet. I think everybody is afraid of this terrible disease, but when we are healthy we don not really deal with prevention. We lead an healthy life, not concerning with the results.

You will see interesting stats in this list, since for example Denmark has a pretty high cancer rate, while Niger has the lowest one. Scientists say that it’s because natural selection and genetics. Advanced methods of treatment have enabled several cancer-afflicted patients to go into complete remission and lead normal healthy lives. This, in turn, means that their genes will be passed on to future generations, causing the probability of their descendants contracting cancer to increase tenfold. In underdeveloped countries, on the other hand, natural selection is still at play. A dangerous disease will in most likely cause death, meaning the deceased will not be able to reproduce.

Now come with us and let’s  check out our list of countries with the highest cancer rates in the world in 2020.

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10. The Netherlands

Cancer rate per 100,000: 334.1

The Netherlands is the first country on the list of thecountries with the highest cancer rates in the world in 2020. It’s wonderful to live in and have a holiday there, but their cancer rates are miserable.

9. Norway

Cancer rate per 100,000: 337.8

Norway is my absolutely favourit country, and I was sad to read their statistics related to cancer rates.


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8. Denmark

Cancer rate per 100,000: 340.4

Here’s Denmark with its bad stats now, perhaps that’s why it’s mentioned as the cancer capital of the world. Nevertheless you will see worse stats on this list now.

7. France (Metropolitan)

Cancer rate per 100,000: 344.1

France stand on the sorrowful seventh place on our list. Hopefully they will be able to improve the stats.

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6. Belgium
Cancer rate per 100,000: 345.8

Good news, bad news. The risk of death from cancer keeps decreasing, but on the other hand the risk of a cancer diagnosis keeps incerasing with 12,000.

5. United States of America

Cancer rate per 100,000: 352.2

We are half way on our list of countries with the highest cancer rates in the world in 2020. The United States can’t boast with low statistics either, that’s why it stands on the fifth place here. 

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4. Hungary

Cancer rate per 100,000: 368.1

What can be more shocking than reading your home country in a list like this. Sao far I haven’t known that we are on the fourth place of this “black” list. The statistics says that the lung cancer rates are the highest in EU. It is also a sorrowul fact that  nearly 30% of the population of people older than 15 smoke.

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3. Ireland

Cancer rate per 100,000: 373.7

Ireland has a really terrible statistcs regarding to cancer rates. 1 in 4 death in the nation is caused by cancer, which is a shocking fact.

2. New Zealand

Cancer rate per 100,000: 438.1

New Zealand may be a country, where lots of people would like to live in – I’m not an exception either. But when it comes to cancer rates, it is ranked very bad, as it got the second place on our list.

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1. Australia

Cancer rate per 100,000: 468

Although Australia is a nice country that is home to wonderful beaches, great actors, and of course kangaroos, but unfortunately it got the first place on our list of of countries with the highest cancer rates in the world in 2020. Hopefully they will be able to defeat this horrible statistics in the future.

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